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09-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Short-Season Hitters to Watch
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Wilson Karaman

09-19

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Minor League Update: Games of September 16-18
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Christopher Crawford

09-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 15th
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Mark Anderson

09-15

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 14th
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Christopher Crawford

09-14

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 13th
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Wilson Karaman

09-13

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 12th
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Christopher Crawford

09-12

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Minor League Update: Games of September 9-11, 2016
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Christopher Crawford

09-12

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The Buyer's Guide: Deep Minor-League Grabs
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J.P. Breen

09-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 8th
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Christopher Crawford

09-08

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 7th
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Christopher Crawford

09-07

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 6th
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Wilson Karaman

09-06

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Minor League Update: Games of September 2-5
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Christopher Crawford

09-02

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 1st
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Mark Anderson

09-01

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Fantasy Freestyle: Five Low-Minors Prospects I Like
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Wilson Karaman

09-01

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 31st
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Christopher Crawford

08-30

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 29th
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Christopher Crawford

08-29

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Minor League Update: Games of August 26-28
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Christopher Crawford

08-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 25th
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Mark Anderson

08-25

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 24th
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Christopher Crawford

08-24

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 23rd
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Wilson Karaman

08-23

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 22nd
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Mark Anderson

08-22

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Minor League Update: Games of August 19-21
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Christopher Crawford

08-19

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 19th
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Mark Anderson

08-18

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 17th
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Christopher Crawford

08-17

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 16th
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Wilson Karaman

08-16

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 15th
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Christopher Crawford

08-15

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Minor League Update: Games of August 12-14
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Christopher Crawford

08-12

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The Stash List: 19th Edition, 2016
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J.J. Jansons

08-12

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 11th
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Mark Anderson

08-11

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 10th
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Wilson Karaman

08-10

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 9th
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Christopher Crawford

08-09

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 8th
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Christopher Crawford

08-08

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Prospectus Feature: How The Free Market Betrays Baseball Players
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Trevor Strunk

08-08

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Minor League Update: Games of August 5-7
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Christopher Crawford

08-05

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 4th
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Wilson Karaman

08-04

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The Stash List: 18th Edition, 2016
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J.J. Jansons

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Early Returns on the 2016 Draft Class
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Wilson Karaman

08-04

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 3rd
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Christopher Crawford

08-03

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 2nd
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Wilson Karaman

08-02

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, August 1st
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Christopher Crawford

08-01

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Minor League Update: Games of July 29-31
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Christopher Crawford

07-29

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 28th
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Mark Anderson

07-28

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Prospectus Feature: To Be Young (Is To Be Traded Unexpectedly)
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Trevor Strunk

07-28

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Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 27th
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Christopher Crawford

07-27

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Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 26th
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Mark Anderson

07-26

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Minor League Update: Games of Monday, July 25th
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Christopher Crawford

07-25

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Minor League Update: Games of July 22-24
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Christopher Crawford

07-22

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 22nd
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Wilson Karaman

07-21

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The Stash List: 16th Edition, 2016
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J.J. Jansons

07-21

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Potential Impact Call-Ups: Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

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September 29, 2016 11:01 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five Short-Season Hitters to Watch

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Wilson Karaman

These bats are years from the majors, but they might be worth the wait.

Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals (Gulf Coast League)

Jeffrey Paternostro recently fired the opening salvo in what is likely to be a winter of Juan Soto feting, so it’s just as well you start getting used to seeing his name on these pages. He was a big bonus baby in 2015, receiving $1.5 million as one of the top hitting prospects in the class. The Nats were rewarded for their aggressiveness in pushing him stateside at the tender age of 17, as all he did was take down the MVP award in the GCL on the back of a .361/.410/.550 line, while flashing potentially plus hit and power tools. The swing has the ingredients you look for, with balance and fluidity into the zone, and the frame oozes with projectable present strength. In leagues where you can still make last-minute claims, he’s a guy on whom to burn a good chunk of your remaining FAAB.

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September 19, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of September 16-18

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Brett Martin, Max Fried, Alex Verdugo, and Alex Jackson.

Prospect of the Weekend:

Brett Martin, LHP, Texas Rangers (High-A High Desert): 7 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 15 K
Well, this wasn’t too hard. If you throw seven no-hit innings in the Cal League, you don’t just deserve Prospect of The Weekend, you deserve... I dunno... some sort of delicious dessert. Martin doesn’t have the type of stuff that suggests missing bats like this at the big-league level, but he does have an above-average fastball/curveball combination, and he’ll mix in a change that flashes a tick below that range. There’s also still some projection left in his left arm, so if more velocity comes—and it just might—he could really see a rise in status in 2016. As is, he’s a perfectly competent back-end starter prospect, but this was a heck of a night.


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September 16, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 15th

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Mark Anderson

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Josh Staumont, Leonardo Crawford, Kolby Allard, and Alfredo Escalera.

Prospect of the Day:

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September 15, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 14th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Sam Pastrone, Carlos Asuaje, Francisco Mejia, and Chris Ellis.

Prospect of the Day:

Sam Pastrone, RHP, Los Angeles Angels (Short-Season Orem): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
The Angels took Pastrone in the 17th round of the 2015 draft, and while there’s a long way to go, it does appear he was quite the coup that late. Despite a smallish frame, he’ll touch the high 90s with his fastball, and his curveball has considerable progress. The change also has its moments, and when he stays on top of the delivery, there’s some fade to it; it’ll be a solid big-league offering. There aren’t any red flags in the delivery, but he’s still learning the “finer” points of pitching, so the command comes and goes. If it can come more often than it goes, Pastrone has a chance to pitch in the big leagues someday in the not-so-distant future.


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September 14, 2016 10:58 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 13th

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Touki Toussaint, Jake Cave, Jose Hernandez, and Brendon Davis.

Prospect of the Day:

Touki Toussaint, RHP, Atlanta Braves (Low-A Rome): 8 IP, ER, 4 H, 6 K, HRA.
On Monday, David Lee discussed Touki’s raw stuff in pornographic terms after catching a brief one-inning playoff tune-up, and the young right-hander carried over the nasty with a dominant post-season start against a very good lineup. Since the beginning of June he’s thrown 97 1/3 with a 2.59 ERA, 110 strikeouts, and just 71 hits allowed.


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September 13, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Monday, September 12th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Tyler O'Neill,

Prospect of the Day:

Tyler O’Neill, OF, Seattle Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B
This was a slow day, so it was fortunate that one of the best performers in minor-league baseball had a good day. O’Neill still has his share of doubters, but even they have to be impressed with what he’s done this year. The approach has taken a huge step forward, the power is plus (maybe even a tick above), and he’s just good enough with the glove to give him a chance to play in right every day. The Mariners corner outfield situation is not very good. Tyler O’Neill might change that in the middle of 2017.


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September 12, 2016 12:41 pm

Minor League Update: Games of September 9-11, 2016

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the weekend, including Jorge Alfaro, Chris Ellis, Kyle Tucker, and Franklin Barreto.

Prospect of the Weekend:

Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies (Double-A Reading): 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 HR
There were rumors that Alfaro was on his way to the big leagues a couple of months ago. Selfishly, it would have been fun to see him face that level of competition, but it was the right call to leave him in Double-A. You could argue that every tool but the power and arm improved (okay, so you can argue that three of his five tools have improved), but those other two tools were already plus-plus. The Phillies got a handful of interesting pieces in return for Cole Hamels, and I think Alfaro has the highest upside of them. That’s saying quite a bit.


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September 12, 2016 6:00 am

The Buyer's Guide: Deep Minor-League Grabs

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J.P. Breen

These prospects might be worth adding to your squad now in anticipation of big payoffs to come.

With the season drawing to a close, it’s not too helpful to place buy/sell tags on big leaguers at this point. The trade deadline has passed and, at least in most leagues, the amount of movement in the standings will be minimal. Sure, it’s worth scouring the waiver wire for a late-season gem. For dynasty league owners, though, the final few weeks serve as an underutilized opportunity to snap up a prospect keeper.

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September 9, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, September 8th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Brent Honeywell, Ryan O'Hearn, Zack Littell, and Victor Robles.

Prospect of the Day:

Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
If this is Honeywell’s last start of the year, he ended it on a positive note. For most of 2016, the right-hander has shown three plus pitches, and his screwball has flashed plus-plus. He’s also a strike-thrower whose command isn’t far behind the control, so, long story short, this is a guy who has a chance to be a third starter, maybe even a no. 2 if everything breaks right. Expect to see him in Tampa Bay at some point next summer.


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September 8, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Wednesday, September 7th

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Andrew Moore, Jordan Montgomery, Yandy Diaz, and Corey Toups.

Playoffs! Playoffs?

Prospect of the Day:

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September 7, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of Tuesday, September 6th

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Wilson Karaman

Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Gavin Lux, David Thompson, Ricky Aracena, and Mitch Keller.

Editor’s Note: With the end of the full-season leagues, there will be an abbreviated slate for the remainder of the minor-league campaign.

Prospect of the (Truncated-Schedule) Day: Gavin Lux, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers (Rookie Ogden): 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI
The 20th-overall pick has taken quite the shining to Pioneer League pitching since his promotion last week, reaching base in all seven games and hitting at a cool .423 clip. The foundations of a strong, across-the-board shortstop are here, yearning to be free.


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September 6, 2016 6:00 am

Minor League Update: Games of September 2-5

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Christopher Crawford

Notes on prospects who stood out over the holiday weekend, including Sean Newcomb, Matt Chapman, Brandon Woodruff, and Josh Staumont.

Prospect of the Weekend:

Sean Newcomb, LHP, Atlanta Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Expectations for Newcomb were sky-high after coming over in the deal for Andrelton Simmons, and the results have been decidedly mixed. When he’s been at his best—as he was on Friday—Newcomb still shows ridiculously good stuff; a plus-plus fastball, a breaking-ball that flashes in that range but is mostly plus, and a good=enough change. It’s just a matter of showing all three pitches on a consistent basis, and throwing them for strikes. When he does like he did that night, he looks like a future no. 3 starter. It’s up for debate whether or not he can do it consistently enough to reach that level.


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